I run the cheese, cured meats and beer program for an upscale retail market and cafe on the Upper West Side called Gastronomie 491. My boss loves the Buon Italia bresaola, and suggested I try it too, especially since my preferred variety Larchmont was unavailable and I didn’t like the suggested substitute brand, Creminelli.
I went to the Chelsea Market and after visiting some of my fave shops, Fat Witch, Dickston’s Farmstead Meats, and Lucy’s Whey, I went to Buon Italia.
This brought about a blank stare from counterperson.
I explained further that if I get on board with the Bresaola, then we’ll probably order lots of it.
This turned the stare into a glare.
I was mystified, and said, you’re looking at me as if you don’t think this is a good idea.
The counterwoman responded “I don’t think it’s a good idea. I can’t just give taste to anyone who walks in here.”
Oooohhhh, I haven’t risen above the “just anyone” yet. I figure I’ve been in the business long enough that I don’t have to prove it. And for another anyone asking about bresaola knows more than a thing or two about cured meats. They ought be taken seriously without presenting credentials.